ERIC Number: ED445162
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May
Student Voices across the Spectrum: The Educational Integration Initiatives Project.
Hartigan, Susan, Ed.; Jabaily, Lisa, Ed.; Kay, Vina, Ed.; Nelson, Lynne, Ed.
The Educational Integration Initiatives Project (EIIP) was a multidisciplinary study designed to explore the complexities of the interaction of race and education. The EIIP also evaluated how the environment in which students are educated affects their educational performance and personal development. The study begins with a history of the relationship between race and education in the United States including the value of public education and the contention surrounding segregation, desegregation, and integration. An analysis follows of student, teacher, and administrator interviews from the 10 urban schools participating in the EIIP. Between 6 and 12 student interviews were conducted at each school, and interviews were also held with 4 or 5 teachers and administrators from each school. No school that participated in the EIIP was truly integrated as the researchers defined integration. None of these desegregated schools was providing its students with a truly multicultural education in a learning environment that was inclusive and supportive of various student learning styles and that prepared students of all races to continue to higher education and to interact successfully in a multicultural society. Still, students attending the more desegregated schools enjoyed educational advantages that were not available to the students in the racially isolated schools. Recommendations are made to begin a transformative process toward true integration. (Contains 193 endnotes.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Race and Poverty.